Happy Mitch

DFA88FD1-DA0F-4BDC-AC41-25AFEEBB335DThis headline just showed up on my iPhone’s newsfeed:E28FB6D9-EEDF-44F5-ABDF-5058D6719038So, it looks like the impeachment trial of Donald Trump in the U.S. Senate is all but over. No witnesses will be called, no documents will be released, and Donald Trump, the most corrupt president in United States history, will be acquitted.

He will be found “not guilty” of abuse of power even though he clearly did. He will be found “not guilty” of obstruction of Congress, even though he clearly did. The U.S. Senate will essential have declared Donald Trump the King of America.

Now it will be up to the American voters in November to stop the runaway Trump train. But given that the Republicans in the Senate could not be bothered to hear the testimony of even a single witness or to subpoena any critical documents, thus eliminating the possibility of a fair trial, will the election this coming fall be a free and fair election?

Unfortunately, between the GOP’s voter suppression efforts and Republican legislators’ refusal to take steps to protect the integrity of voting machines, I think the answer is no.

The fix is in. How happy Vladimir Putin must be.

Who Won The Week? 1/5/20

10CC3057-4EEA-4C80-B8C1-700C0FC6C906It’s time for another Who Won the Week prompt. The idea behind Who Won the Week is for you to select who you think “won” this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies, TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.

I will be posting this prompt on Sunday mornings (my time). If you want to participate, write your own post designating who you think won the week and why you think they deserve your nod. Then link back to this post and tag you post with FWWTW.

This week I am reluctantly picking Vladimir Putin for Who Won the Week. Doesn’t he look happy?E9647072-B37F-4601-BD7C-A96486CA78C8In the wake of Trump’s ordered drone strike at Baghdad’s international airport that killed Major General Qassem Suleimani, head of the elite Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, Iraq’s parliament voted in favor of expelling U.S. troops from that country and shutting down the American embassy.

Putin was already the most influential world leader in the Middle East, including in Turkey, Syria, and Iran. Now Trump has essentially ceded American influence in the region, now including in Iraq, to the Russian leader.

Putin can point to U.S. actions as seeming to justify Russia’s current campaign to push back against the world order the U.S. represented. It also allows Putin to play the sober statesman, compared with the erratic American leader.

By the way, Trump allegedly spoke with Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before ordering the drone strike. Not to any American Senators, but to Putin and Netanyahu! Hmm, I wonder what advice they gave him. No doubt it was in the best interest of the United States, right?

And now it’s your turn, folks. Who (or what) do you think won the week?

The American Nightmare

Putin gloatingI suspect that Donald Trump and his Republican cronies will not be pleased by the cover story in the latest issue of The Week.

Russia’s Vladimir Putin is publicly gloating. “Thank God no one is accusing us anymore of interfering in the U.S. elections,” Putin said in a recent speech. “Now they’re accusing Ukraine.” No wonder Putin and the Russians are laughing at us.

The remarkable aspect of this is that the historically tough-on-Russia Republicans have totally let their guard down and are, instead engaged in a virtual hug-fest with Putin. Trump has embraced Putin’s disinformation campaign and requires that his cadre of loyal Republicans also embrace it. The Ukraine conspiracy theory has become “Trump’s white whale,” and his obsession with it is the main reason why his impeachment is moving forward at such a rapid pace.

Jennifer Rubin, a columnist at Washington Post, wrote, “By spreading Putin’s propaganda, the Republicans’ “useful idiots” are “aiding and abetting a hostile power.”

New York Times journalist Charles Blow suggested that Trump knows exactly what he’s doing. With the evidence leaving “no remaining doubt” about his guilt, he’s doubling down on the Ukraine theory and “eroding truth and bending reality among those who support him.”

Another New York Times columnist, Maureen Dowd wrote that Putin sure did “hit the jackpot with Trump.”

There’s really only one way left to alleviate this insanity foisted upon us by Putin, the master manipulator, and that is for the Democratically-controlled House to impeach Trump and for the Republican-controlled Senate to convict him and remove him from office.

Unfortunately, due to extreme partisanship, that’s unlikely to happen, and at daybreak, this American nightmare will continue.

Written for these daily prompts: Word of the Day Challenge (suspect), The Daily Spur (guard), Ragtag Daily Prompt (hug), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (rapid), Your Daily Word Prompt (alleviate), and Daily Addictions (daybreak).

Mentally Incompetent

205A6152-337E-4882-BD8F-501B7A2F2389It’s a puzzle to me how anyone with eyes, ears, and even half a brain can still support Donald Trump. Especially after his errant, erratic, and capricious performance at the recent G7 meeting in France, where it was exquisitely obvious that he is mentally incompetent.

At the meeting, Trump lied, made countless misstatements, forgot facts, skipped out on a critical climate change meeting, lying about the reason why he was unable to attend, and sent mixed, confusing messages about his trade war with China.

Trump expressed unqualified support for Vladimir Putin’s agenda to re-enter the G7, which would legitimize Russia’s role in the annexing of Crimea, an illegal international act of aggression that got Russia kicked out of what was the G8.

Now it comes out that questionable, outrageously large loans that Donald Trump got from Deutsche Bank, the only bank that would do business with him, were allegedly co-signed by Russian oligarchs close to Putin, demonstrating, if true, the debt he owes to his best bud, Vlad.

How can the public not see that we have a man in office who is totally unfit to be President of the United States? To me, it’s irrefutable.

Written for these daily prompts: Daily Addictions (puzzle), Word of the Day Challenge (errant), Ragtag Daily Prompt (caprice), Your Daily Word Prompt (exquisite), The Daily Spur (debt), and Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (irrefutable).

The Sound of His Voice

So I just saw a few clips on TV of the meeting between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit in Japan. A reporter asked Trump if he would warn Putin not to meddle in America’s upcoming 2020 election.

“Of course,” Trump replied. Then he turned to Putin and facetiously said, “Don’t meddle in the election.” He playfully repeated the request while pointing at Putin, who laughed.

No one but Donald Trump thinks that Russian interference in American elections is anything to joke about. Well, Vladimir Putin probably does.

And yet Trump continues to serve as President of the United States.

I hate Donald Trump. I hate what he looks like, I hate the sound of his voice. I hate what he is doing to our country and to the world.

I saw this image on Facebook and it serves as an accurate reflection of what it feels like to me when I hear Trump’s voice.17B7BA26-8181-4078-BF59-0288400DFBA9